Prateep Ungsongtham Hata

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Ms. Prateep Ungsongtham Hata is a Thai activist well known in Thailand for her work with slum dwellers in the Khlong Toei District of Bangkok. Ms. Prateep is a popular figure among Thai society and was given the attributions of Khru Prateep Teacher Prateep, the Angel of Khlong Toei or Slum Angel. She was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 1978, founded and became the Secretary General of the Duang Prateep Foundation. Ms. Prateep was one of the leaders of the 1992 oppositional movement and in 2000, she was elected to the Senate, representing Bangkok. Ms. Prateep is engaged in many initiatives, one of these is the One Baht a Day School at her home where she is committed in helping children and their families to cope with the conditions of the slums life. Her school received donations from the private sector, foreign embassies and Bangkok Bank. In 1978 Prateep received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service. With the compensation she received from the award, she established the Duang Prateep Foundation (DPF; “flame of hope”) and became Secretary General. In 1981, she became the first Asian citizen to receive the John D. Rockefeller III Youth Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mankind. She then established the Foundation for Slum Child Car.